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Robert Kibbe is the owner of TheMuscleCarPlace.com and host of the weekly Muscle Car Place podcast show. He's based in Ames, IA, is married with 3 kids, and still thinks the General Lee is cool.


As we reported to you last fall, the The 1961 Corvette Gulf Oil race car was slated to be one of the stars of the 2012 Mecum auction in Kissimmee, Florida. The car did indeed make it to the auction and went across the block on Saturday, but after the price stalled at $850,000 the ‘Vette went unsold.

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We walk you through the entire process of ordering a custom-grind camshaft from COMP Cams. Just like painting a car, ordering a custom grind cam is all about the prep work!

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It’s stories like these that make us want to go back to college, if only for one day. Recently Ohio Technical College partnered with Edelbrock for the second year in a row to host a Carburetor Challenge where the winners received scholarships and Edelbrock gear!

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Chevy recently sponsored the Woodward Dream Cruise, an appropriate nod to the cars that have made them great over the past 100 years. Yes, we said 100 years!

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We all know that custom wheels are the way to go with Pro Touring and hot rod builds to get the look, size, and stance just right. That being said, custom wheels generally take 8-10 weeks to make, but at Forgeline, their current build time is 2-3 weeks, and they can guarantee most finishes in 4 weeks or less.

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According to a recent article in the Detroit News, the restructuring, streamlining, and overall house cleaning at GM are far from over as the automaker plans to cut their number of vehicle platforms in half, down to a total of 14 platforms, by the year 2018.

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TCI has completed redesigned their website to make researching and shopping for cutting-edge drivetrain components easier than ever. The new site features a new menu system that separates transmissions, torque converters, driveline components and accessories into easy-to-navigate categories to make searching easy.

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Dr. Jamie Meyer could be considered the heart and soul of GM Performance Parts. He really is a medical Dr. by degree, specializing in cardiovascular research, but his passions for speed and 4-wheels caused him to take a career change into something he never expected.

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Paul “Scooter” Brothers is the President and co-founder of COMP Cams and chairman-elect of the SEMA board of directors. It turns out that the head honcho of COMP has quite a few racing stories that you’d never think a CEO of a major corporation would share, but we think you’ll find that Scooter is no ordinary CEO!

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We saw this little number over on YouTube and had to share it. It’s a series of quotes made by the late-great Smokey Yunick to GM execs in the early 1950′s. Ed Cole had brought Smokey in as a consultant to with the new Corvette, but what he didn’t know is that Smokey liked to call ‘em as he saw ‘em!

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There was a time when astronauts were bigger than rock stars in the United States. GM waned to make sure that the world saw those brave men driving the fastest, coolest, bravest car around, the Corvette. We take a look back at the astronauts and their Corvettes.

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Corvette fans, rejoice. The 1974 Corvette that you see pictured here could be yours today, but you have to act fast. According to the seller this baby is a 1500hp, 8-second quarter mile runner and tops out at over 200mph. Right. We’re curious to know if he’s the same guy that’s selling 50-acre plots on the moon…

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We all have a magic number in mind when it comes to horsepower, but for the majority of us it’s a 3 digit number. Late Model Racecraft likes to think bigger and was able to make 1244 rear wheel horsepower with this twin-turbo ‘Vette, and 1028 ft-lbs of torque!

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What if you’re a Corvette lover that loves the performance of a new ‘Vette, but can’t help but dig the look of some other Corvette game changers, like the ’63 split window, or a ’67 roadster? Answer: Do what Karl Kustom Corvette’s did!

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